Getting married in Ubud, Bali (their first of three wedding ceremonies!) was exceptionally meaningful for Soma and Isaac, as Soma – who's half-Indonesian – grew up in the peaceful island town. Their low-key and intimate nuptials (which included a touching hand-binding ceremony) was held in an old Joglo (traditional pavilion) in Villa Beji, overlooking a beautiful river. As luck would have it, despite torrential rain flooding the rest of Ubud on the big day, their wedding venue was blessed by a few precious fair-weathered hours! After, the wedding party and guests enjoyed an Indonesian dinner and drinks peppered with hugs, weepy speeches and dancing. Much of the rustic decor was crafted by the couple and their close-knit circle of friends, and Soma put extra effort to source all flowers locally. She shares their journey down the aisle below...
How they met:
We met through a friend, Elora, who invited us both to a party she was attending. Elora is one of our closest friends and was a bridesmaid at our wedding.
Isaac proposed in a secluded forest area in Central Park, New York City.
The bride's look:
I tried on so many dresses in Bali and the USA. I knew I wanted something different yet classic, with lace elements, but struggled to find anything off the rack. I decided to design my dress based on one I had tried in Texas, and had a really talented tailor – King's Tailor – put it together. She was very patient with my edits!
I don't wear heels, so I decided on a fancier style of Toms, my favourite shoes. It was the perfect sparkly touch for my big day, and didn't kill my feet.
Her hair and make-up:
I did my own make-up, as I had done many tests and was never quite happy with the results. YouTube was my best friend for a couple of months; I learnt everything from tutorials online. It was a new experience as I usually go make-up free. But I knew I would be too nervous to do my own hair, so the wonderful ladies from Yeanne and Team took care of that after a successful test run.
The groom's outfit:
Isaac wanted his look to be timeless, and had a bespoke suit made by King's Tailor.
The wedding party's style:
I spent months on Pinterest and wanted the bridal party to be mix-and-match rather than all in the same outfits. Each had the freedom to make their own dresses and suits after choosing colours from a palette.
The colour scheme:
I had a pretty clear vision of how I wanted the wedding to look – a mixture of rustic and Balinese touches. It was really important that the flowers were locally sourced, including all the bouquets. We were very lucky to have wonderful friends come together to help with various tasks so that we could bring the wedding in on budget.
I fell in love with the hand-binding ceremony while researching vows, and we both decided we wanted it to be a big part of the ceremony. We knew we wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet. My brother-in-law, Nick, was the celebrant and did a wonderful job.
I've known Govinda and his work before Isaac even proposed. I knew I wanted him to shoot my wedding, as he has an incredibly artistic eye and a knack of capturing magical moments with an almost journalistic feel. We were blown away by the Terralogical team's photos! They were simply stunning.
Isaac had a lot of relatives coming from overseas who hadn't experienced Indonesian food. So we chose to have a buffet of Indonesian dishes – Sumatran, to be exact – because it honours my heritage and is also Isaac's favourite.
So many parts were DIY! We spray-painted the glass bowls, votives, cake plates. The string lights were made to order by an electrician friend. The blackboards were drawn by Isaac, and the bouquet was made by the mother of a bridesmaid after we purchased our own flowers.
About an hour before the ceremony, Dad came to my room to ask if it would be okay if he wore a cloth and peci (a traditional hat) that his uncle had brought for him for the wedding. It was such a lovely gift and gesture from my Indonesian family. I really felt like it brought a bit of our Lampung heritage to the wedding.
Soma's wedding advice for brides-to-be:
Don't forget to enjoy yourselves. You'll get swept up in the stress of organising and the whole thing will fly by. Make sure you spend as much of the day pausing to reflect... you're getting married!
Bridal gown: The bride's custom design made by King's Tailor Bali
Jewellery: Borrowed from her bridesmaid
Groom's suit: King's Tailor Bali
Groom's shoes: Clarks
Bridesmaids' outfits: Each made their own
Groomsmen's outfits: Mix-and-match
Wedding planner: The bride and Dina Thayeb
Florist: Cok De
Decor: Home-made and borrowed tables from Dek's Studio
Cake maker: Home-made and decorated by Lyn Shwaiko (bridesmaid's mom)
Food and drinks: Food by Ibu Kadek Lastrini
Stationery: Designed by the bride
Entertainment: DJ Jasmine Haskell
Photographer: Govinda Rumi and the Terralogical team